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Sunday, April 20, 2008

How To Make Free Calls From Hotel When Traveling

MagicJack is a phone jack for your computer that lets you plug in a standard phone and make basically free calls. This is great if you like to travel or are in sales on the road and you have an laptop and wish to make cheap calls from the road.

I would say it works great to get rid of pricey penalties for exceeding mobile phone minutes to expensive hotel telephone charges, calling from the road costs too much. Travelers with laptops and broadband can make Internet calls, but those pay-per-minute rates sure can add up.

MagicJack changes the game with a flat-rate price so low it looks like a misprint: $20 per year - not per month, per year - for unlimited calls to the United States and Canada from anywhere in the world.

This gadget plugs into a USB port. The device has a telephone jack that lets you use a standard phone, including cordless ones - you also use a headphone.

We tested magicJack with a variety of Internet broadband connections and PCs. The quality did not suffer, and the device did not slow down other programs, even on an older, slower PC.

This little gadget will run $20 for the jack, plus $20 a year for service. The phone service comes with a free local phone number, voice mail, call waiting, call forwarding, three-way calling and free (commercial-supported) directory assistance. International calls are extra, though competitively priced: Calls to France, for example, are 2 cents a minute (18 cents a minute for French mobile phones).

Its about time these communication companies got smart and stopped charging by the minute!